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Huddersfield striker reveals he confronted referee at half-time about penalty

3 years ago
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You get a feeling that the penalty given away by Nahki Wells is going to be something discussed in Huddersfield for many a day.

The home side so hyped up for the Newcastle match and the stadium’s record league attendance there to see it, only for Rafa’s boys to spoil the party after only 10 minutes.

Nahki Wells says that he ‘feels like we’ve been harshly done by’ and insists ‘we were the better team, unfortunately a few decisions went Newcastle’s way…’.

The penalty was a massive surprise, mainly because it was only the third one Newcastle have had all season! Ironically one of the other two also came against Huddersfield in the 2-1 defeat at St James Park.

Nahki Wells has revealed that he went and sought out the referee at half-time to quiz him about the penalty decision, the Huddersfield forward adamant it shouldn’t have been given.

The Huddersfield player making a big deal out of the fact that it looked like the referee was going to blow his whistle when the ball hit Shelvey’s arm in the build-up to the penalty decision. Wells saying that Roger East just dismissed it when asked why it looked like he was going to blow and then didn’t.

You get the feeling that Huddersfield’s fans and players need to let this go a little bit, it is a reflex action for referees to do this any number of times in matches before they decide not to blow.

It is quite amusing that whist Nahki Wells acknowledges that Newcastle did a really professional job on them, he is still desperate for them to get some kind of recognition for being ‘regardless of the score, the better side’.

Nahki Wells:

“It feels like we’ve been harshly done by.

“We were the better team, unfortunately a few decisions went Newcastle’s way and they were clinical enough to take their chances.

“It is hard to accept but we have to move on.

“We knew it would be a tough task because the way the set up they were here for a point, not to lose, and they got an early advantage which made it very difficult for us.

“Newcastle are a resilient side, well managed and hard to break down.”

Newcastle’s penalty:

“I’ve cleared it and it’s hit Shelvey’s hand and the referee went to put his whistle to his mouth  – that’s when I shut off. He didn’t blow the whistle and I went back to try to win the ball off Ritchie, he got in front of me and I just stood there. There was definitely contact but I’m pretty sure he’s kicked me and tripped himself.

“But nine times out of ten refs give it, I hold my hands up for it but it was a definite handball.

“I asked him (the referee) at half-time and he’s said it hit his arm but his arm was next to his body. So I asked him why he went to blow his whistle and then not blow it – he just dismissed it.

“The last goal is irrelevant because we were pushing for an equaliser. then again we still feel harshly done by , how Gayle has just come through and tapped it into an empty net.

“We just didn’t have what it took to get an equaliser.

“A really tough side to play against, really hard to break down, they didn’t give me nothing as an attacker.

“They are resilient and top of the table for that reason, what they did was they didn’t give us any space in behind, no space to play through them.

“Regardless of the score, most will think we were the better side, which is one plus.

“Just one negative is we didn’t come out with the victory.

“We really only lost by one goal because we wouldn’t have given that one away if it had been tight.”

Stats from BBC Sport:

Huddersfield 1 Newcastle 3

Newcastle: Ritchie 10 (Pen), Murphy 32, Gayle 90+1

Huddersfield: Mooy 72 (Pen)

Possession was Huddersfield  76% Newcastle 24%

Total shots were Huddersfield 16 Newcastle 6

Shots on target were Huddersfield 6 Newcastle 5

Corners were Huddersfield 9 Newcastle 3

Referee: Roger East

Newcastle United:

Darlow, Anita, Lascelles, Clark, Dummett, Ritchie, Colback (Gouffran 72), Shelvey, Atsu (Yedlin 82), Diame, Murphy (Gayle 66)

Unused Subs

Elliot, Hanley, Gamez, Perez

Crowd: 23,213 (Newcastle 1,900)

(Go HERE to view the interactive Newcastle player ratings and to add your own)

(To read the instant NUFC fan/writer reaction go HERE)

(To read what Daryl Murphy said after the final whistle go HERE)

(To read what David Wagner had to say go HERE)

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